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First Lady Stopped for a Bite in Hyattsville

Michelle Obama spoke to parents and kids along with the Partnership for a Healthier America at Olive Garden Thursday morning.

First Lady Michelle Obama tastefully made her way to the Hyattsville Thursday morning, highlighting the need for healthier eating-out options.

Obama, who has championed healthier living in her “Let’s Move” campaign since 2010, lauded the efforts of Darden Restaurants, Inc.—the company owns Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze and Red Lobster—which agreed to reduce the amount of calories and sodium in its foods in the coming years.

The plan includes:

  • Reducing sodium by 10 percent in the next five years and 20 percent in the next 10 years
  • Ensuring children's menus use specific nutrition standards to aid in development of meals
  • Making fruits or vegetables the default for side dish options and with children's meals
  • Making an 8-ounce serving of 1 percent milk the default beverage for kids and allowing milk to be served with free refills.

Stay tuned to Patch for a video and photos of Obama's message.

Sharon Jarrett September 15, 2011 at 10:11 PM
arggggggghhh! this is so frustrating. Before everyone jumps on my case, let me just say I'm all for healthy eating but let me make the choices of what i want to eat not only for myself but for my children. With that said, I wish the government / obamas would keep their noses out of the businesses.. as well as our freedom of choices!! Why don't they start with all the (blank) additives that are put into our foods, our livestock, poultry, farms, gardens etc!!! All these chemicals and vitamins and proteins that have been mandated to be added to prevent this and that, has helped to contribute to obsiety, early puberty, cancers etc. Let's get back to the basics!! Natural grown is the best way to go.

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